Darjeeling teas are grown in India’s West Bengal state and are famous worldwide for their unique flavour, aroma and quality. One of the most unique attributes of these teas is that many of the estates are located at high altitudes of around 1000m elevation, nestled in the valleys of the region. These environments offer truly unique growing conditions for the teas, with the plants benefitting from excellent soil quality and high altitude sunlight.
Our range of Darjeeling teas are sourced from two particular estates, namely Gopaldhara and Rohini, who we work with due to their consistently excellent quality harvests of tea. The estates are jointly owned, but produce quite different varietals of Darjeeling.
Gopaldhara Tea Estate
Established in the year 1955 Gopaldhara Tea Estate has a legacy of tea production of more than 50 years. Gopaldhara produces very fine Darjeeling tea and is located in Mirik Valley, making it one of the highest tea estates in Darjeeling. The total area of the garden is 320 Hectares. Out of the 320 Hectares, 172 Hectares have been planted with tea bushes. Planting is still being carried out in the vacant high elevation lands. Most of the new planting has been done at an elevation between 5500ft right up to 7000ft, making this one of the highest tea estates in the world. It has been planted with mixed clonal tea plants and produces rare and exquisite Darjeeling Tea.
The old plantation is also now being replanted with new varieties of high quality clonal tea bushes. Overall, Gopaldhara produces the finest Darjeeling Tea in most categories of tea including black, green, white and oolong.
Rohini Tea Estate
Rohini Tea Estate is located in the Kurseong valley of Darjeeling. The estate was closed for a period of 38 years from 1962 to 2000. From the original 1300 Hectares, around 38 Hectares is still present. These teas are of Chinese origin and the second flush produces exquisite muscatel teas.
The total area of the garden is around 146 Hectares, out of which 108 Hectares are young tea bushes. These bushes were planted from 1996 onwards and have not yet attained maturity, however when they do, they will produce exquisite teas all year round.
The garden is divided into four divisions; the lower division is called Jabarhat and is around 38.19 Hectares. The mid elevation divisions are called Kotidhara and Pailodhara. These two divisions together are around 74.56 Hectares and produce very high quality teas as they have been planted with AV2 and T-78 clones mostly. Tukuriya is the highest division at an average elevation of 4400 FT and stretches right up to Kurseong town, with an area of 33.25 Hectares. Most of this division is filled with tea bushes which are more than 100 years old.